On Easter Sunday (4/4), Carrie Underwood performed songs from her new album My Savior live from the Ryman Auditorium stage. Joined by special guests CeCe Winans, Mac MacAnally, Buddy Greene and NEEDTOBREATHE’s Bear Rinehart, the singer hoped to celebrate the holiday and raise money for Save the Children.
In less than 24 hours, the live concert event raised more than $100,000 thanks to fans around the world tuning in.
“This is an album I have always wanted to record and I’m thrilled to be able to bring these uplifting, inspirational songs to life in this special way,” shared the Oklahoma native in a press release before the livestream. “It means so much to be able to bring this event to people in their homes on a day that holds so much meaning for us spiritually and to be able to raise much needed funds and awareness for the incredible work of Save the Children as we celebrate the importance of family.”
According to a press release, “In the U.S., Save the Children reaches children through early education, literacy and child hunger programs, helps prepare children for emergencies and responds when disaster strikes. To date, Save the Children has supported 30 million people affected by coronavirus around the world, including nearly 12 million children, making sure they have enough to eat, can access healthcare, can continue their education and are protected from violence. Before COVID-19, 1 in 7 children in the U.S. faced food insecurity, which has now increased to 1 in 4. Since March 2020, Save the Children has delivered nearly 21 million meals to kids in need across the U.S.”
Underwood released My Savior on March 26 and is filled with songs she grew up with.
“Faith has always been a huge part of my music because it’s such a huge part of me,” Underwood tells Sounds Like Nashville in our Cover Story. “I feel anyone that knows me or anyone that’s been a fan of mine for any length of time knows that an album celebrating gospel hymns has been coming. We had been planning both of these albums since I came off the Cry Pretty tour in 2019 and when I was recording my Christmas album, My Gift, I remember thinking that I didn’t want the feeling that music gave me to end so I was so grateful to get to keep that going with this album. These are some of my favorite hymns I grew up with and love singing and they are so special to me.”
Underwood’s next live performance will take place on April 18 as part of the 2021 ACM Awards.
Carrie Underwood’s My Savior: Live From The Ryman is viewable on Facebook until Tuesday (4/6). For more information about Save the Children, visit savethechildren.org.